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Jul 28 2014

Sex Ed We Can Get Behind:
“Gay Love” with Kevin Yee

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by Kate M.


We’re a little jealous. We’ve sat through as many boring high school health classes as anyone else, and not once – not once! – did the inimitable Kevin Yee appear in a shower of hearts to give us a valuable, musical lesson in contraception.

If this didn’t happen to you either, we recommend that you watch his latest video immediately.

Jun 09 2014

Sex is Back Weekly Pick:
Allison on Sexuality & Love

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by Kate M.

In celebration of Pride, we want to show some love to our most popular coming out-related video, in which Allison Moon (sex educator and author of books about lesbian werewolves (yes, lesbian werewolves (I know, right?))) tells us about going through a series of identities, starting at age 16, when she first realized that not everyone fell in love without regard to gender. Enjoy!

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Allison on Sexuality & Love

Jun 06 2014

Meet Us at L.A. Pride!

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by Kate M.

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Hey Los Angeles! Will you be at Pride this Sunday? Our illustrious street team will be spreading sensual rays of rainbow love on Sunday, all throughout the parade. We will be showering the crowd with sexy surprises and prizes. Post-parade, catch us at our rope bondage booth at Here Lounge, where we will be providing festival goers with complimentary naughty wearable rope bondage designs.

Be on the lookout for our fierce and furious spanking brigade of rainbow warriors!

Dec 20 2013

A Big, Bright Response to Anti-Gay Bigots

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by thepleasurechest

same love letter 1When Dr. Pham took her pride flag down briefly, intending to replace it with another rainbow flag, she received this letter.

When Dr. Pham took her pride flag down briefly, intending to replace it with another rainbow flag, she received this letter.

 

In April, Dr. Mary Pham decided to fly a pride flag from the top of her Irvine, California home. Many of her neighbors had flags hanging from their homes – seasonal flags, or flags celebrating a favorite sport – and she decided that she wanted to hang a flag to show her support for LGBT folks.

“Not in Irvine, Mary,” a friend warned her. She laughed it off.

“Look, either you know what it is or you don’t,” she decided. “Either it’s a pride flag, or it’s just a rainbow flag. And if it’s a pride flag, and you notice, either you like it or you hate it. And if you hate it then you’re just a jerk.”

Deciding that “if there’s any reason to eat, drink and have a party, why not?” she and her friend Ramon invited several friends over for brunch and a “flag-hanging ceremony.”

In July, she was told that people had been writing angry emails to her HOA about the flag. When she saw them, she was taken aback by the hateful language she saw. One of them referred to the flag as a “Fag Flag.”

“Is the GAY PRIDE [in large font and rainbow colors] display protected by free speech rights?” its author asked. “The Orange Tree Patio Homes neighbors are shaking their heads in disgust.”

Another email offered this confusing sentiment: “Most people do not choose the gay lifestyle, and personally it irritates me to have to be reminded everyday of two men having sex with each other.”

While no one was being openly hostile to her, Dr. Pham started to feel nervous about the negative attention the flag was receiving. She contacted The Center OC, her local LGBT center, and asked their executive director, Kevin S. O’Grady, for advice. At his insistence, she filed a police report, just in case.

The negative responses didn’t stop with the police report. Someone printed out a press release from the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church and left it at her door. One morning, she found a flyer on her windshield that said only “GOD HATES FLAGS.”

In December, she was interviewed for a piece in the OC Weekly about the angry responses to her flag. When she read some of the “mean and hateful” comments that people had left about the article, she decided to throw caution to the wind.

“Before, it was just a flag. Now, I’m going to fight back.”

She and her son, Russell, discussed what they could do to make an even bigger statement – without violating HOA restrictions, of course. Finally, they agreed on something:

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After all, she’s allowed to put lights up for holidays.

Dr. Pham sees this experience as an incentive to get seriously involved in LGBT activism. She and Kevin S. O’Grady have already sat down to discuss how to make Irvine a more LGBT-friendly place.

Nov 07 2013

Chicago Staff Celebrates Marriage Equality

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by thepleasurechest

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Yesterday, Illinois became the 15th state to legalize marriage equality. Not to be outdone of by New York and Los Angeles, the Chicago store staff have been showing their pride!

To celebrate, The Pleasure Chest Chicago will be having a party all day Saturday, November 9. Stop by during our normal hours (10 AM – 12 midnight) and enjoy some cake with your Pleasure Chest friends. And while you’re there, if you tell us “Equality is Sexy!” before you check out, we’ll give you 15% off your purchase. After all, it looks like fifteen is our lucky number!

Nov 05 2013

No One is Straight! (Or Maybe Fewer People Than We Thought.)

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by thepleasurechest

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In a new study, a startling 19% of participants identified themselves as not-heterosexual when researchers used a method that provided more than usual anonymity. In a corresponding survey using  a standard, less anonymous method of questioning, only 11% of participants said that they were not heterosexual.

Before you get too excited, the researchers did point out that the people surveyed did not represent a random sample of the U.S. population, so the results could easily vary in a wider study. Rather than trying to gauge the size of the queer population, the study was designed to investigate whether existing studies were adequately accounting for “anti-gay sentiment.” Apparently, they were not.

h/t AlterNet

Sep 18 2013

Stinky Foo & Bartholo: Clown Sex at Gloryhole

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by thepleasurechest

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We are thrilled to be bringing on Stinky Foo and Bartholo for this year’s Gloryhole party. If you’re afraid that the live XXX gloryhole show will be a little too tame for your eclectic sexual tastes, look no further than this pair of payasos, who will be bringing some hot electro play and serious clown fucking.

Stinky Foo and Bartholo are anything but funny.  They don’t tell jokes or do parodies or go to kids’ parties. If they had to work in a circus, it would be a fetish circus. They are known as the biggest clown fucker couple in L.A.

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Stinky and Bartholo have performed all around town at gay bars and LGBT events, often alongside The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, raising money for various charities and nonprofits. (All of their profits are donated.) They take pride in changing the minds of the clown-fearing by creating a playful, kinky atmosphere that engages the spectators completely.

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You can find Stinky Foo and Bartholo in the gloryhole on the night of the party.

RSVP to Gloryhole by emailing gloryhole@thepleasurechest.com.

 

Sep 03 2013

In Praise of Erotica

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by thepleasurechest

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We love our gadgets as much as anyone, but when it comes to erotica, we’re not about to get rid of our paper books. Since the internet is an embarrassment of pornographic riches, it’s nice to be presented with a curated collection of stories by published authors, edited by professional editors. A book is not going to tell us to install updates right in the middle of the fun. Your digital copy of Delta of Venus is not going to smell like vanilla. (Don’t get us started on how good old books smell.)

Editor Winston Gieseke published a piece on Queerty recently that made a great case for erotica in general, and for the printed word in particular. He talks specifically about gay erotica, but most of the points he makes apply more broadly.

“Obviously, all types of reading provide us a respite from everyday reality, but sexy stories take the escape a step further, providing the safest possible environment — namely, your mind, which houses your most robust sexual tool, the imagination — in which to contemplate and explore the various fantasies you might not wish (or be able) to experience in real life.”

Besides, he points out, “a book is tactile. Which is important because many people like to “touch” when reading erotica, whether it be flipping pages, earmarking your favorite scenes, or something else.”

Not to mention that you’re definitely not going to read your Kindle in the bath.